Tradescantia species

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Scientific Name Tradescantia gigantea USDA PLANTS Symbol
TRGI
Common Name Giant Spiderwort ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
39162
Family Commelinaceae (Spiderwort) SEINet Reference
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Description Erect perennial, 8 inches to 3 feet tall; long; narrow, smooth leaves; flower head with several blossoms, blue, purple or rarely white; blossoms about 1 inch across with three broad, rounded petals. Texas Status
Native
Scientific Name Tradescantia humilis USDA PLANTS Symbol
TRHU
Common Name Texas Spiderwort ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
39165
Family Commelinaceae (Spiderwort) SEINet Reference
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Description Habitat: Sandy and rocky soils of the Central and South Texas; disturbed areas, roadsides and fencerows.
Plant: Upright perennial, spreading stems, branched particularly at base; several inches tall.
Leaves: Narrow, recurved linear to lanceolate leaves 4 to 8 inches long, recurved, usually with purple-tinged edges and covered with soft, downy hairs.
Inflorescence: Blue/violet blossoms on pedicels 1/2 to 1-inch long, each blossom about 1 inch across with three broad, pointed petals, 6 stamens; with dull green bracts similar to leaf form, hairy, purple-tinged.
Blooming Period: March to June.
Reference: Descr. adapted from SEINet and Texas A&M/Uvalde
Texas Status
Native-
Endemic to Llano Uplift
Scientific Name Tradescantia pedicellata USDA PLANTS Symbol
TRPE9
Common Name Granite Spiderwort, Edwards Plateau Spiderwort ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
505553
Family Commelinaceae (Spiderwort) eFloras.org Reference
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Description Habitat: Granitic, well-drained soils in pastures and open areas of the Llano uplift.
Plant: Upright perennial up to 12 inches tall; hairy stems branched from base.
Leaves: Long, narrow, linear to lanceolate leaves 8 to 12 inches long, with small often long hairs.
Inflorescence: Umbel of blue/violet blossoms about 1 inch across with three broad, rounded or somewhat pointed petals, 6 stamens.
Reference: Excerpts from "Rare Plants of Texas" by Poole, Carr, Price and Singhurst.
Texas Status
Native-
Endemic to Llano Uplift
Scientific Name Tradescantia subacaulis USDA PLANTS Symbol
TRSU
Common Name Stemless Spiderwort ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
39175
Family Commelinaceae (Spiderwort) SEINet Reference
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Description Low-growing perennial with very short stem, 4 or more inches long; narrow, hairy leaves; blue/violet blossoms about 1 inch across with three broad, rounded or somewhat pointed petals. Texas Status
Native

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